The County Business Network

Sandy Abbott, Business Counsellor for Hastings Prince Edward

 

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What We Do

Help to Research Sources of Federal, Provincial and Municipal Support

Finding Training Opportunities – whether increasing your own business acumen or building skills in new hires.

Researching and Securing Start-up and Expansion Funding – understanding the guidelines and eligibility criteria of various grants and loans program, ensuring successful applications.

Connecting You to Current Sources of Information and Guidelines – getting started on the right track with information regarding Business Registration, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Employment Standards Act, WSIB, Public Health Regulations, Municipal Zoning and By-laws.

Connecting People and Businesses

  • Helping with research to identify your ideal customer and your competition
  • Linking you with entrepreneurs who can strengthen your business development
  • Finding existing businesses that will sell or promote your product or service
  • Identifying industry groups, business organizations and informal local groups that can provide information and support on an ongoing basis
  • Locating the professionals that will help build your management team

Fine Tuning Your Written Documents

Provide feedback and coaching on writing business plans, grants and loan applications.

Help to Research Sources of Federal, Provincial and Municipal Support

Finding Training Opportunities – whether increasing your own business acumen or building skills in new hires.

Researching and Securing Start-up and Expansion Funding – understanding the guidelines and eligibility criteria of various grants and loans program, ensuring successful applications.

Connecting You to Current Sources of Information and Guidelines – getting started on the right track with information regarding Business Registration, Occupational Health and Safety Act, Employment Standards Act, WSIB, Public Health Regulations, Municipal Zoning and By-laws.

Connecting People and Businesses

  • Helping with research to identify your ideal customer and your competition
  • Linking you with entrepreneurs who can strengthen your business development
  • Finding existing businesses that will sell or promote your product or service
  • Identifying industry groups, business organizations and informal local groups that can provide information and support on an ongoing basis
  • Locating the professionals that will help build your management team

Fine Tuning Your Written Documents

Provide feedback and coaching on writing business plans, grants and loan applications.

About Us

Abbott Agency was incorporated in 1994 and has worked on behalf of Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels of government to provide free and confidential career exploration, life coaching, job search and small business development services throughout the Quinte area for thirty years.

Sandy Abbott is the owner of Abbott Agency. Since 2010 she has focused solely on self-employment readiness, business feasibility, as well as start-up, expansion & retention activities. She has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs and business owners to fulfill their goals.

As of January 2024, Abbott Agency has joined the integrated employment services delivery network, EmployNext – powered by Serco, serving Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

EmployNext – powered by Serco is funded by the Ministry of Labour, Innovation, Training and Skills Development.

Testimonials

“I have always found it helpful to set up a business meeting with Sandy Abbott in order to move forward in my business. She has a keen business sense and steers me in the right direction. I find her insights invaluable.”

Lisa Burke

Owner, Essential Relaxation

“I met Sandy Abbott in 2019 at a Winter Survival Workshop , with hopes of opening a farm stand that wasn’t typical.  Sandy was able to connect me with other like-minded people who became consignors at my farm stand.  Sandy is a great communicator and connection person who has benefited me in my little venture.”

Shelley Brown

Owner, The Harvest Shed

“For County Forestry Services, Sandy Abbott has helped a lot. As a new company, Sandy has been able to answer all my questions and if not, she has a network of people she recommends in order to get me the answers I need. And as a new business owner that wasn’t familiar with all the ins and outs of starting up, it was a huge help having someone explain what I need to do. I appreciate all her help to date and won’t hesitate to seek her advice in the future.”
Tyler van ouden

Owner, County Forestry & Tree Services

Businesses We’ve Worked With

A Healing Table

Beacon Bike + Brew

County Fare

Farmhouse Eats

Floralora Flowers

LaLaLand Glass Studio

Essential Relaxation

Thyme Again Gardens

Zack Lammes Excavating

SARAHN’DIPITY Eats & Treat

Cosmic Crochet

County Forestry & Tree Services

This service is funded by the Ministry of Labour, Innovation, Training and Skills Development

Abbott Agency

Focused on self-employment feasibility, business start-up, expansion and retention on behalf of EmployNext – powered by Serco.

(613) 476-4240

abbott.agency@sympatico.ca